Whole Wheat Honey Rolls Recipe
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Whole Wheat Honey Rolls Recipe

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My husband loves whole wheat bread, so I have adapted most of my recipes to accommodate his taste buds. The creamy honey butter adds a little sweetness to these airy golden brown yeast rolls. -Linda Gunn, Reynolds, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 42 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional melted butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 128 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm buttermilk. Add the butter, honey, whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into seven portions. Divide each portion into six pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Brush with melted butter. Bake at 400° for 12-16 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a small bowl, beat butter and honey until smooth; serve with rolls. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.
Originally published as Whole Wheat Honey Rolls in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p27

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Cakelady196 55172
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Just polished of a few of these gems. They were light, flavorful and just sweet enough. I do need a tad more salt though. Definitely a keeper of a recipe!"

XClaudiX 48212
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"Family raved about this as rolls and loaves of bread!"

lajaba 55170
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"my family loves this and they are so easy to make"

ChefZ 128491
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"These rolls are A++ in every way. I had to use the entire 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour. I also added 2 tablespoons of wheat gluten like usual when I make bread without bread flour. The rolls have excellent texture and flavor."

missnatlynn 69515
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"Wow! Absolutely loved these! They were perfect in every way. The honey butter is also delicious and so simple."

ctownsley 44088
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Delicious without the honey butter! My new go-to recipe for fabulous buns!"

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